Baffled

Friday, Aug. 7

“Who is he who condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Rom. 8:34. The idea that Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding for us is a problem for me. Why does God the Father need any kind of plea for those who are redeemed? It seems to imply that God needs to be convinced of the need or obligation to help Christians succeed in their Christian walk. I don’t question that we need help; I just question the idea that God has to be convinced by Jesus to provide that help. It also seems to imply that Christ is not God, that He can’t do it on his own, that the Father has to OK it, and that Jesus is inferior to the Father. All these inferences are wrong according to the rest of the Bible. So there has to be a better interpretation of this verse. The dilemma diminishes when Rom. 8:34 is viewed as a court of law. Paul puts it in the perspective of legal transactions so that we can understand it. That would make it an analogy or an anthropomorphism. But His sitting at the right hand of the Father is mentioned in several other places, so maybe that part is literal. And by the way, where does the Holy Spirit sit? On the left side of the throne? If this intrigues you, I have more—which probably won’t satisfy you any more than it does me.

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